|Michael Porter: Why business can be good at solving social problems - TED.com|
Why do we turn to nonprofits, NGOs and governments to solve society's biggest problems? Michael Porter admits he's biased, as a business school professor, but he wants you to hear his case for letting business try to solve massive problems like climate change and access to water. Why? Because when business solves a problem, it makes a profit -- which lets that solution grow.
Keywords: TEDTalks; TED; Talks; business; social change; TEDGlobal 2013; 2013
|Toby Eccles: Invest in social change - TED.com|
Here's a stat worth knowing: In the UK, 63% of men who finish short-term prison sentences are back inside within a year for another crime. Helping them stay outside involves job training, classes, therapy. And it would pay off handsomely -- but the government can't find the funds. Toby Eccles shares an idea for how to change that: the Social Impact Bond. It's an unusual bond that helps fund new social services -- especially those where a small investment could create a much larger societal bene...
Keywords: TEDTalks; TED; Talks; business; economics; social change; TEDGlobal 2013; 2013
|Jared Diamond: How societies can grow old better - TED.com|
There's an irony behind the latest efforts to extend human life: It's no picnic to be an old person in a youth-oriented society. Older people can become isolated, lacking meaningful work and low on funds. In this intriguing talk, Jared Diamond looks at how many different societies treat their elders -- some better, some worse -- and suggests we all take advantage of experience.
Keywords: TEDTalks; TED; Talks; aging; culture; social change; TED2013; 2013
|Pete Alcorn on the world in 2200 - TED.com|
In this short, optimistic talk from TED2009, Pete Alcorn shares a vision of the world of two centuries from now -- when declining populations and growing opportunity prove Malthus was wrong.
Keywords: TEDTalks; TED2009; TED; Talks; community; social change; 2009
|Renata Salecl: Our unhealthy obsession with choice - TED.com|
We face an endless string of choices, which leads us to feel anxiety, guilt and pangs of inadequacy that we are perhaps making the wrong ones. But philosopher Renata Salecl asks: Could individual choices be distracting us from something bigger—our power as social thinkers? A bold call for us to stop taking personal choice so seriously and focus on the choices we're making collectively.
Keywords: TedTalks; TED; Talks; choice; culture; social change; TEDGlobal 2013; 2013
|Vernā Myers: How to overcome our biases? Walk boldly toward them - TED.com|
Our biases can be dangerous, even deadly — as we've seen in the cases of Michael Brown in Ferguson, Missouri, and Eric Garner, in Staten Island, New York. Diversity advocate Vernā Myers looks closely at some of the subconscious attitudes we hold toward out-groups. She makes a plea to all people: Acknowledge your biases. Then move toward, not away from, the groups that make you uncomfortable. In a funny, impassioned, important talk, she shows us how.
Keywords: Tedtalks; TED; Talks; inequality; race; social change; society; TEDxBeaconStreet; 2014
|Wael Ghonim: Inside the Egyptian revolution - TED.com|
Wael Ghonim is the Google executive who helped jumpstart Egypt's democratic revolution ... with a Facebook page memorializing a victim of the regime's violence. Speaking at TEDxCairo, he tells the inside story of the past two months, when everyday Egyptians showed that "the power of the people is stronger than the people in power."
Keywords: TEDTalks; TED2011; TED; Talks; politics; social change; 2011
|Geoff Mulgan: Post-crash, investing in a better world - TED.com|
As we reboot the world's economy, Geoff Mulgan poses a question: Instead of sending bailout money to doomed old industries, why not use stimulus funds to bootstrap some new, socially responsible companies -- and make the world a little bit better?
Keywords: TEDTalks; TED; Talks; culture; design; education; health; social change; technology; TEDGlobal 2009; 2009
|Nalini Nadkarni: Life science in prison - TED.com|
Nalini Nadkarni challenges our perspective on trees and prisons -- she says both can be more dynamic than we think. Through a partnership with the state of Washington, she brings science classes and conservation programs to inmates, with unexpected results.
Keywords: TEDTalks; TED; Talks; biosphere; crime; environment; nature; prison; social change; TED2010; 2010
|Cameron Sinclair: The refugees of boom-and-bust - TED.com|
At TEDGlobal U, Cameron Sinclair shows the unreported cost of real estate megaprojects gone bust: thousands of migrant construction laborers left stranded and penniless. To his fellow architects, he says there is only one ethical response.
Keywords: TEDTalks; TED; Talks; business; design; global issues; social change; technology; TED2009; 2009
|Kavita Ramdas: Radical women, embracing tradition - TED.com|
Investing in women can unlock infinite potential around the globe. But how can women walk the line between Western-style empowerment and traditional culture? Kavita Ramdas of the Global Fund for Women talks about three encounters with powerful women who fight to make the world better -- while preserving the traditions that sustain them.
Keywords: TEDTalks; TEDIndia 2009; TED; Talks; culture; social change; third world; women; 2009
|Naomi Klein: Addicted to risk - TED.com|
Days before this talk, journalist Naomi Klein was on a boat in the Gulf of Mexico, looking at the catastrophic results of BP's risky pursuit of oil. Our societies have become addicted to extreme risk in finding new energy, new financial instruments and more ... and too often, we're left to clean up a mess afterward. Klein's question: What's the backup plan?
Keywords: TEDTalks; TEDWomen; TED; Talks; activism; business; culture; economics; science; social change; 2010
|Evan Williams on listening to Twitter users - TED.com|
In the year leading up to this talk, the web tool Twitter exploded in size (up 10x during 2008 alone). Co-founder Evan Williams reveals that many of the ideas driving that growth came from unexpected uses invented by the users themselves.
Keywords: TEDTalks; TED; Talks; business; communication; culture; entertainment; social change; social media; technology; TED2009; 2009
|James Surowiecki: When social media became news - TED.com|
James Surowiecki pinpoints the moment when social media became an equal player in the world of news-gathering: the 2005 tsunami, when YouTube video, blogs, IMs and txts carried the news -- and preserved moving personal stories from the tragedy.
Keywords: TEDTalks; TED; Talks; culture; entertainment; media; social change; social media; technology; TED2005; 2005
|Clay Shirky: How social media can make history - TED.com|
While news from Iran streams to the world, Clay Shirky shows how Facebook, Twitter and TXTs help citizens in repressive regimes to report on real news, bypassing censors (however briefly). The end of top-down control of news is changing the nature of politics.
Keywords: TEDTalks; TED@State; TED; Talks; communication; culture; global issues; politics; social change; social media; technology; 2009
|Kiran Bir Sethi teaches kids to take charge - TED.com|
Kiran Bir Sethi shows how her groundbreaking Riverside School in India teaches kids life's most valuable lesson: "I can." Watch her students take local issues into their own hands, lead other young people, even educate their parents.
Keywords: TEDTalks; TED; Talks; children; education; leadership; social change; society; TEDIndia 2009; 2009
|Noah Feldman says politics and religion are technologies - TED.com|
Noah Feldman makes a searing case that both politics and religion -- whatever their differences -- are similar technologies, designed to efficiently connect and manage any group of people.
Keywords: TEDTalks; TED2003; TED; Talks; culture; global issues; politics; religion; social change; society; war; 2003
|Emiliano Salinas: A civil response to violence - TED.com|
In this passionate talk that's already caused a sensation in Mexico, Emiliano Salinas, son of former president Carlos Salinas de Gortari, confronts the current climate of violence in Mexico -- or rather, how Mexican society responds to it. He calls on ordinary citizens to move from denial and fear to peaceful, community-based action. This is the first talk posted on TED.com that was delivered in a language other than English...
Keywords: TedTalks; TED; Talks; community; crime; global issues; peace; social change; tedx; violence; TEDxSanMigueldeAllende; 2010
|Brenda Brathwaite: Gaming for understanding - TED.com|
It's never easy to get across the magnitude of complex tragedies -- so when Brenda Brathwite's daughter came home from school asking about slavery, she did what she does for a living -- she designed a game. At TEDxPhoenix she describes the surprising effectiveness of this game, and others, in helping the player really understand the story.
Keywords: TEDTalks; TED; Talks; TEDxFeatured; gaming; global issues; history; social change; tedx; TEDxPhoenix; 2011
|Steve Keil: A manifesto for play, for Bulgaria and beyond - TED.com|
At TEDxBG in Sofia, Steve Keil fights the "serious meme" that has infected his home of Bulgaria -- and calls for a return to play to revitalize the economy, education and society. A sparkling talk with a universal message for people everywhere who are reinventing their workplaces, schools, lives.
Keywords: TEDTalks; TEDxBG; TED; Talks; business; culture; economics; play; social change; 2011
|Eve Ensler: Embrace your inner girl - TED.com|
In this passionate talk, Eve Ensler declares that there is a girl cell in us all -- a cell that we have all been taught to suppress. She tells heartfelt stories of girls around the world who have overcome shocking adversity and violence to reveal the astonishing strength of being a girl.
Keywords: TEDTalks; TED; Talks; culture; gender; self; social change; women; TEDIndia 2009; 2009
|Clay Shirky on institutions vs. collaboration - TED.com|
In this prescient 2005 talk, Clay Shirky shows how closed groups and companies will give way to looser networks where small contributors have big roles and fluid cooperation replaces rigid planning.
Keywords: TEDTalks; TEDGlobal 2005; TED; Talks; business; cognitive science; collaboration; culture; social change; society; technology; 2005
|Patrick Awuah on educating leaders - TED.com|
Patrick Awuah makes the case that a liberal arts education is critical to forming true leaders.
Keywords: TEDTalks; TEDGlobal 2007; TED; Talks; Africa; culture; education; global issues; leadership; politics; social change; 2007
|Michael Sandel: Why we shouldn't trust markets with our civic life - TED.com|
In the past three decades, says Michael Sandel, the US has drifted from a market economy to a market society; it's fair to say that an American's experience of shared civic life depends on how much money they have. (Three key examples: access to education, access to justice, political influence.) In a talk and audience discussion, Sandel asks us to think honestly on this question: In our current democracy, is too much for sale?
Keywords: TEDTalks; TED; Talks; Debate; business; politics; social change; TEDGlobal 2013; 2013
|Rebecca Onie: What if our healthcare system kept us healthy? - TED.com|
Rebecca Onie asks audacious questions: What if waiting rooms were a place to improve daily health care? What if doctors could prescribe food, housing and heat in the winter? At TEDMED she describes Health Leads, an organization that does just that -- and does it by building a volunteer base as elite and dedicated as a college sports team.
Keywords: TEDTalks; TED; Talks; global issues; health; health care; medicine; poverty; social change; society; TEDMED 2012; 2012
|Adam Ostrow: After your final status update - TED.com|
Many of us have a social media presence -- a virtual personality made up of status updates, tweets and connections, stored in the cloud. Adam Ostrow asks a big question: What happens to that personality after you've died? Could it ... live on?
Keywords: TEDTalks; TEDGlobal 2011; TED; Talks; consciousness; culture; self; social change; social media; technology; 2011
|Kiran Bedi: A police chief with a difference - TED.com|
Kiran Bedi has a surprising resume. Before becoming Director General of the Indian Police Service, she managed one of the country's toughest prisons -- and used a new focus on prevention and education to turn it into a center of learning and meditation. She shares her thoughts on visionary leadership at TEDWomen.
Keywords: TEDTalks; TEDWomen; TED; Talks; crime; culture; education; global issues; politics; social change; 2010
|Yochai Benkler on the new open-source economics - TED.com|
Yochai Benkler explains how collaborative projects like Wikipedia and Linux represent the next stage of human organization.
Keywords: TEDTalks; TEDGlobal 2005; TED; Talks; Google; business; collaboration; economics; law; social change; technology; wikipedia; 2005
|Jessica Jackley: Poverty, money -- and love - TED.com|
What do you think of people in poverty? Maybe what Jessica Jackley once did: "they" need "our" help, in the form of a few coins in a jar. The co-founder of Kiva.org talks about how her attitude changed -- and how her work with microloans has brought new power to people who live on a few dollars a day.
Keywords: TEDTalks; TED; Talks; business; entrepreneur; global issues; poverty; social change; TEDGlobal 2010; 2010
|Liz Coleman's call to reinvent liberal arts education - TED.com|
Bennington president Liz Coleman delivers a call-to-arms for radical reform in higher education. Bucking the trend to push students toward increasingly narrow areas of study, she proposes a truly cross-disciplinary education -- one that dynamically combines all areas of study to address the great problems of our day.
Keywords: TEDTalks; TED; Talks; activism; collaboration; creativity; education; future; politics; social change; TED2009; 2009
|Aimee Mullins: The opportunity of adversity - TED.com|
The thesaurus might equate "disabled" with synonyms like "useless" and "mutilated," but ground-breaking runner Aimee Mullins is out to redefine the word. Defying these associations, she shows how adversity -- in her case, being born without shinbones -- actually opens the door for human potential.
Keywords: TEDTalks; TEDMED 2009; TED; Talks; activism; happiness; health; heroism; prosthetics; social change; society; 2009
|Kevin Slavin: How algorithms shape our world - TED.com|
Kevin Slavin argues that we're living in a world designed for -- and increasingly controlled by -- algorithms. In this riveting talk from TEDGlobal, he shows how these complex computer programs determine: espionage tactics, stock prices, movie scripts, and architecture. And he warns that we are writing code we can't understand, with implications we can't control.
Keywords: TEDTalks; TEDGlobal 2011; TED; Talks; complexity; computers; social change; technology; 2011
|Sheena Iyengar on the art of choosing - TED.com|
Sheena Iyengar studies how we make choices -- and how we feel about the choices we make. At TEDGlobal, she talks about both trivial choices (Coke v. Pepsi) and profound ones, and shares her groundbreaking research that has uncovered some surprising attitudes about our decisions.
Keywords: TEDTalks; TED; Talks; business; choice; culture; economics; psychology; social change; society; TEDGlobal 2010; 2010
|Ellen Gustafson: Obesity + Hunger = 1 global food issue - TED.com|
Co-creator of the philanthropic FEED bags, Ellen Gustafson says hunger and obesity are two sides of the same coin. At TEDxEast, she launches The 30 Project -- a way to change how we farm and eat in the next 30 years, and solve the global food inequalities behind both epidemics.
Keywords: TEDTalks; TED; Talks; food; global issues; health; social change; TEDxEast; 2010
|Sally Kohn: Don't like clickbait? Don't click - TED.com|
Doesn't it seem like a lot of online news sites have moved beyond reporting the news to openly inciting your outrage (and your page views)? News analyst Sally Kohn suggests — don't engage with news that looks like it just wants to make you mad. Instead, give your precious clicks to the news sites you truly trust.
Keywords: TedTalks; TED; Talks; communication; media; social change; social media; technology; TED@NYC; 2014
|Gregory Petsko on the coming neurological epidemic - TED.com|
Biochemist Gregory Petsko makes a convincing argument that, in the next 50 years, we'll see an epidemic of neurological diseases, such as Alzheimer's, as the world population ages. His solution: more research into the brain and its functions.
Keywords: TEDTalks; TED; Talks; aging; brain; business; health; science; social change; technology; TED2008; 2008
|Georgette Mulheir: The tragedy of orphanages - TED.com|
Orphanages are costly and can cause irreparable damage both mentally and physically for its charges -- so why are they still so ubiquitous? Georgette Mulheir gravely describes the tragedy of orphanages and urges us to end our reliance on them, by finding alternate ways of supporting children in need.
Keywords: TEDTalks; TED; Talks; activism; children; culture; parenting; psychology; social change; youth; TEDSalon London Spring 2012; 2012
|Jeff Skoll makes movies that matter - TED.com|
Film producer Jeff Skoll (An Inconvenient Truth) talks about his film company, Participant Productions, and the people who've inspired him to do good.
Keywords: TEDTalks; TED2007; TED; Talks; business; entertainment; film; global issues; philanthropy; social change; 2007
|Lee Smolin on science and democracy - TED.com|
Physicist Lee Smolin talks about how the scientific community works: as he puts it, "we fight and argue as hard as we can," but everyone accepts that the next generation of scientists will decide who's right. And, he says, that's how democracy works, too.
Keywords: TEDTalks; TED2003; TED; Talks; community; global issues; physics; politics; science; social change; 2003
|Angela Patton: A father-daughter dance ... in prison - TED.com|
At Camp Diva, Angela Patton works to help girls and fathers stay connected and in each others' lives. But what about girls whose fathers can't be there -- because they're in jail? Patton tells the story of a very special father-daughter dance. (Filmed at TEDxWomen)
Keywords: TEDTalks; TED; Talks; activism; children; dance; parenting; social change; women; youth; TEDxWomen 2012; 2012
|Pankaj Ghemawat: Actually, the world isn't flat - TED.com|
It may seem that we're living in a borderless world where ideas, goods and people flow freely from nation to nation. We're not even close, says Pankaj Ghemawat. With great data (and an eye-opening survey), he argues that there's a delta between perception and reality in a world that's maybe not so hyperconnected after all.
Keywords: TEDTalks; TED; Talks; business; economics; global issues; social change; social media; TEDGlobal 2012; 2012
|Oren Yakobovich: Hidden cameras that film injustice in the world’s most dangerous places - TED.com|
To see is to believe, says Oren Yakobovich — which is why he helps everyday people use hidden cameras to film dangerous situations of violence, political fraud and abuse. His organization, Videre, uncovers, verifies and publicizes human-rights abuses that the world needs to witness.
Keywords: Tedtalks; TED; Talks; activism; film; global issues; online video; social change; TEDGlobal 2014; 2014
|Mallika Sarabhai: Dance to change the world - TED.com|
At TEDIndia, Mallika Sarabhai, a dancer/actor/politician, tells
Keywords: TEDTalks; TED; Talks; culture; dance; entertainment; global issues; politics; social change; TEDIndia 2009; 2009
|Ron Finley: A guerilla gardener in South Central LA - TED.com|
Ron Finley plants vegetable gardens in South Central LA -- in abandoned lots, traffic medians, along the curbs. Why? For fun, for defiance, for beauty and to offer some alternative to fast food in a community where "the drive-thrus are killing more people than the drive-bys."
Keywords: TEDTalks; TED; Talks; agriculture; culture; food; health; social change; TED2013; 2013
|Shaffi Mather: A new way to fight corruption - TED.com|
Shaffi Mather explains why he left his first career to become a social entrepreneur, providing life-saving transportation with his company 1298 for Ambulance. Now, he has a new idea and plans to begin a company to fight the booming business of corruption in public service, eliminating it one bribe at a time.
Keywords: TEDTalks; TED; Talks; Asia; TED Fellows; crime; entrepreneur; potential; poverty; social change; society; TEDIndia 2009; 2009
|Becky Blanton: The year I was homeless - TED.com|
Becky Blanton planned to live in her van for a year and see the country, but when depression set in and her freelance job ended, her camping trip turned into homelessness. In this intimate talk, she describes her experience of becoming one of America's working homeless.
Keywords: TEDTalks; TED; Talks; adventure; happiness; life; personal growth; poverty; social change; society; storytelling; TEDGlobal 2009; 2009
|Emiliano Salinas: A civil response to violence - TED.com|
In this passionate talk from TEDxSanMigueldeAllende that's already caused a sensation in Mexico, Emiliano Salinas, son of former president Carlos Salinas de Gortari, confronts the current climate of violence in Mexico -- or rather, how Mexican society responds to it. He calls on ordinary citizens to move from denial and fear to peaceful, community-based action. This is the first talk posted on TED.com that was delivered in a language other than English...
Keywords: TEDTalks; TEDxSanMigueldeAllende; TED; Talks; community; crime; global issues; peace; social change; tedx; violence; 2011
|Barry Schwartz on our loss of wisdom - TED.com|
Barry Schwartz makes a passionate call for "practical wisdom" as an antidote to a society gone mad with bureaucracy. He argues powerfully that rules often fail us, incentives often backfire, and practical, everyday wisdom will help rebuild our world.
Keywords: TEDTalks; TED2009; TED; Talks; business; culture; global issues; philosophy; politics; self; social change; society; 2009
|Jamais Cascio on tools for a better world - TED.com|
We all want to make the world better -- but how? Jamais Cascio looks at some specific tools and techniques that can make a difference. It's a fascinating talk that might just inspire you to act.
Keywords: TEDTalks; TED2006; TED; Talks; culture; future; global issues; social change; technology; 2006
|Omar Ahmad: Political change with pen and paper - TED.com|
Politicians are strange creatures, says politician Omar Ahmad. And the best way to engage them on your pet issue is a monthly handwritten letter. Ahmad shows why old-fashioned correspondence is more effective than email, phone or even writing a check -- and shares the four simple steps to writing a letter that works.
Keywords: TEDTalks; TED; Talks; business; culture; politics; social change; TED2010; 2010